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Honors Scholar Theses from 2017

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Bilingual (Spanish-English) Marketing as a Catalyst for Cultural Awareness: The Effect on Parents in the Toy Market, Margo K. Bailey

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The Agile Approach in Pharmaceutical Software Development, Priyal Bhargava

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A Changing Industry: An Analysis of the Effects of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising on the Insurance Industry, James Bonvicini

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Can You Keep it? An Examination of the Individual Health Insurance Market, Rachael Carnale

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Growth and Poverty Traps: Examples from Literature, Danielle Chaloux

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Mathematical Modeling of Financial Derivative Pricing, Kelly L. Cosgrove

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Older Adults’ Response to Adverse Opioid Related Events: A Secondary Analysis, Sarah R. Coughlin

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Institutions of Higher Education: Self-Portrayal vs. Student Experience, Rikita A. David

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A Novel Time-Domain Method of Fault Diagnosis in Induction Motors, Bryan J. Davis

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Ignorance Is Bliss: Emotion, Politics, and Why Whites Avoid Information About Race, Evangelina DeRosa

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A Rigorous Take on Randomness: Defining 1-Randomness using Complexity, Measure Theory, and Martingales, Neil A. Dokurno

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The Efforts of Trade: Commodities, World Markets, and Early American Labor, Donovan P. Fifield

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Evaluation of Parenting Education for High-Risk Fathers: Relationship with a Child’s Mother as an Indicator of Paternal Involvement, Paige Forcier

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Neurostructural Organization and Neocortical Projecting Neuron Distribution in a Mouse Model of Timothy Syndrome-Mediated Autism Spectrum Disorder, Aiden L. Ford

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Characterizing Obesity Risk in Children Receiving Healthcare in an Emergency Department, Lauren Frazzetta

Synthesis of Epoxy-Coated Silica Nanoparticles for Effective Protein Conjugation, Jared R. Furtado

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Kinematics of the Lower Extremities during Fundamental Martial Arts Tricking Techniques, Kevin P. Grassie

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Characterization of Novel Cannabinoid Receptor 2-Selective Agonists at the Biochemical and Cellular Levels: Leads for Therapeutic Agents, Ashley M. Hine

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Patient-Derived Hydrogel as a Sacrificial Matrix for Efficient Cell Loading, Shalmli U. Joshi

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The Retirement Strategy of Supreme Court Justices: An Economic Approach, Kayla M. Joyce

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Effect of Surface Modifying Biopolymers on Sand Cohesion, Connor H. Ligeikis

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Does a Better Running Back Mean More Rushing? Game Theory and the NFL, Eric Lofquist

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In the Library and Online: Social Media and Civic Discourse, Samantha A. Mairson

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The Effects of Real Words on the Pronunciation of Nonwords, Jill Metzger

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Targeted Germ Cell Knockdown of Xlr3 in Mus musculus, Caity Miller

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The Optimization of the Microwave Synthesis and Subsequent Characterization of Sodium Tungsten Bronze (NaxWO3) Materials, Jessica Murdzek

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Comparison of feather pigments in red-winged blackbirds (Agelaius phoenicus) between historical and modern samples, Genevieve Nuttall

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A Study of Parent Perceptions of Advanced Academic Potential in the Early Grades, Jennifer L. O'Brien

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Neuroscience Underlying Temporal Cue Discrimination in the Auditory Cortex, Samantha D. Rosicke

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Beyond Capture: Development and Validation of a Method to Assess Body Condition in Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) Using Camera Traps, Rachel A. Smiley 6820420

Influence of Media’s Ideal-Thin on Body Dissatisfaction and Disordered Eating in Women, Kayla Stypulkoski

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Prevalance of Frozen Forms in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Daniel B. Wivell

Honors Scholar Theses from 2016

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Intensive Sound Production Treatment for Apraxia of Speech: An Analysis of Error Consistency, Victoria M. Abolafia

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The Effect of Sleep Quality and High Intensity Physical Activity on Inflammation and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in College Students, Catherine Abraham

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Shareholder Activism and Its Long Term Effects, Louis Beck

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Accounting for Automobiles: GAAP vs. IFRS for Record Setting Recalls, Matthew Birtwell

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Hydrogeological Conceptual Model of La Villa River Watershed, Republic of Panama, Maria G. Castrellon Romero

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Kennedy's Crisis: How John F. Kennedy Used History to Prevent Armageddon, Jordan L. Cerbone

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Establishment of a School Implemented Exercise Program to Prevent Injury and Promote Health among Youth: Is There a Link between Balance and Physical Health?, Samir Z. Chaudhry

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Programming Heart Disease: Does poor maternal nutrition alter expression of cardiac markers of proliferation, hypertrophy, and fibrosis in offspring?, Cathy Chun

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Schwarzschild Spacetime and Friedmann-Lemaitre-Robertson-Walker Cosmology, Zachary Cohen

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Hydration Knowledge and Personal Assessment in Collegiate Male Soccer Athletes, Abigail T. Colburn

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Design of Exercise Equipment for Wheelchair Users: A Case Study in Accessibility Standards, Kate Craddock Rescsanszky

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The Emergence of the Zika, Chikungunya, and Dengue Viruses in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, Nelson Xavier Del Pilar

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The Potentiating Effects of Acetaminophen on Oxidant Air Pollutant Sensory Irritation and the Onset of Asthma, Bennett J. Doughty

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The Geometry of Spacetime and its Singular Nature, Filip Dul

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Predictors of Litter Pollution in Suburban Parks, Ilanna Gibson

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A Preliminary Study on the Role of Enhancer of Flavonoid Production (EFP) in Flavonoid Biosynthesis, Jia Guo

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Can NBA Teams Benefit from Losing?, Ryan P. Hallisey

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A New Political Player: The Role of Super PACs in Congressional Elections, Riley Hasson

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Influence of Personality on Emotional Contagion through Social Media, Theodore T. Jensen

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Characterization of Induced RNAi Silencing of Vaccinia Virus Essential Genes, Kewa Jiang

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Characterization of Fluoroquinolone Resistance Plasmid p1471 Isolated from Leech Symbiont, Aeromonas hydrophila, Emily J. LaMarre

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Histological Verification of Electrode Placement in Single Unit Recorded Rats, Dana Lew

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Rat Behavioral Discrimination of Temporal Cues in Species-Specific Vocalization, Kevin Mathews Tharakan

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Literacy Across Disciplines: An Investigation of Text Used in Content-Specific Classrooms, Pam McDonald

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Effects of Breakfast Eating and Eating Frequency on Body Mass Index and Weight Loss Outcomes in Adults Enrolled in a Web-based Obesity Treatment Program, Maureen Megson

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Development of VIP-SST Interneuron Associations in Mouse Neocortex and Entorhinal Cortex, Aayushi A. Mehta

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How the U.S. Low-Fat Diet Recommendations of 1977 Contributed to the Declining Health of Americans, Julia Reedy

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Identifying Irrationality and Fear-Driven Reactions to Financial Market Shocks & Terrorism, Kimberly M. Roland

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Stability and Redispersion of Platinum Nanoparticle Suspensions for Attachment to Dyes in Low-Cost Solar Cells, Jeffrey Rothstein

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Corporate Social Responsibility: Implications for Businesses Operating in the United States and the European Union, Kaitlyn Sapp

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C-Reactive Protein (CRP) Levels in a Young Adult Population with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Jack Sawyer

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Monte Carlo Applications and Lattice QCD, Jacob L. Scott

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Poor Maternal Nutrition During Gestation Alters Mesenchymal Stem Cell (MSC) Metabolism in Offspring, Nicole H. Sereda

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Underrepresentation of Minorities in Gifted and Talented Programs: A Content Analysis of Five District Program Plans, Jessica Stargardter

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Contribution of Probiotics Streptococcus salivarius Strains K12 and M18 to Oral Health in Humans: A Review, Turner A. Stowik

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Breast Milk Exposure and the Incidence of Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Very Low Birth Weight Pre-Term Infants, Meaghan Sullivan

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Upregulation of Antibiotic Activity of a Streptomyces sp. Via Co-Cultures with Challenge Pathogens, Anne A. Sung

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Current Therapeutic Role and Medicinal Potential of Scutellaria barbata in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Research, Geyang Tao and Marcy J. Balunas

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Pulmonary Primary Blast Injuries, Moe Uddin

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Microstructure and Rheology of Carbon Nanotubes at Air-Water Interfaces, Charles D. Young

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Evaluating dietary quality and taste preferences with a simple liking survey: Application to studying individuals with morbid obesity, Marina L. Zoghbi

Honors Scholar Theses from 2015

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Investigating the Bioactive Constituents of the Edible Blue-green Alga Spirulina platensis, Georgette Appiah-Pippim

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Evaluation of Gifted Education using A-F School Grading Accountability Systems, Daniel R. Arndt

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MicroConsignment as Magic or Sleight-of-Hand: How Social Entrepreneurship Affects Women's Political and Economic Participation in Guatemala, Briana Bardos

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Green Chemistry as a Tool for Understanding the Toxic Substances Control Act: A Lecture Module for Undergraduate Students, Molly R. Blessing

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Central Auditory Processing and the Link to Reading Ability in Adults, Lisa M. Brody

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My Experience with Fundamental Analysis, Nicolas Chapman

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Schwarzschild Spacetime and Friedmann-Lemaitre-Robertson-Walker Cosmology, Zachary Cohen

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Physiological response to salinity challenge is mediated by Na+, K+ - ATPase “isoform switching” in a euryhaline fish, the Alewife, Rebecca S. Colby

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Investment Strategies Amongst Property and Casualty Insurance Companies, Ryan J. Conforti

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The Guarantee of Freedom and Dignity? Colombian Land Reform, the Alliance for Progress, and the United States, Thomas A. Costello

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Quantum Mechanical Modeling of Organic-Oxide Surface Complexation Reactions, Brianna Datti

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Design and Development of Two Component Hydrogel Ejector for Three-Dimensional Cell Growth, Thomas Dunkle, Jessica Deschamps, and Connie Dam

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Trials, Tribulations, and Transitions: Investigating Adolescents’ Perceptions of Academic-Related Problems, Elyssa C. Eisenberg

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The Importance of Counseling and Education for Parents of Children with Chromosome Abnormalities, Brooke N. Fortner

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Corporate Tax Havens: Analysis of an Aggressive Tax Approach as a Strategic Necessity for Large Multinational Corporations, Julia Galica

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Synthesis, Characterization, and Catalytic Applications of Porous Transition-Metal Oxide Systems for the Conversion of Biomass, Anton Gudz

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Oscillatory Activity in the Subthalamic Nucleus and Motor Cortex in a Pharmacological Model of Parkinsonian Tremor, Aileen F. Haque

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The Effect of Polyphenol-Rich Black Currant Extract on Lipogenic and Inflammatory Gene Expression in Diet Induced Obesity Mice, Ellen Harness

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Are Women Higher in Anxiety than Men? United States Surveys, 2003‐2013, Rabale Hasan

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Manipulation of the Microbiome and Its Impact on Functional Recovery Following Ischemic Stroke, Michal Jandzinski

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An Assessment of Affirmative Action in Business, Jordan A. Kennedy

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Correlation between Body Parts in Holometabolous and Hemimetabolous Insects, Temina Kusi

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Impact of the “Nirbhaya” Rape Case: Isolated Phenomenon or Social Change?, Tina P. Lapsia

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The Development of Skeletal Muscle in Young Horses: An Ultrasonography and Satellite Cell Approach, Emma K. LaVigne

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Alternate formulations for optimization of PLGA microsphere-comprised glucose biosensor coating against foreign body inflammation., Klair Lubonja

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Assessment of the Interactions of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) Non Structural Protein 3 (NSp3) with Cellular Proteins from Virus Permissive Cells, Rene M. MacKinnon

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Analyzing Reproductive Policy: Patriarchal Legitimization and Women in Latin America, Shannon C. Magni